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Penjing: The art of bonsai landscapes

Penjing is the art of small scale natural landscapes through the partnering of bonsai and ornaments to create a carefully crafted scene. These scenes are representative of the rich Chinese culture by capturing the spirit of nature through contrasts, aspects of Chinese poetry and visual arts. The beautiful landscapes often include bonsai, detailed carved rock, miniature figurines, temples and are finished by their placement into a decorative, hand-painted​ pot which sets them aside from ordinary potted plants.

These scenes are highly representative of Chinese culture both historically and philosophically. Historically, the first documents containing descriptions of miniature landscapes are found from the Tang dynasty times (~AD 618). However, the art of creating miniature landscapes predates the 3rd and 4th centuries in China where there are legends of Taoists having had the ability to resize large landscapes into a potted size.

Penjing is also influenced by Chinese philosophy, particularly the principles of Taoism, including that of the yin and yang concept; the belief the universe is governed by that of two primal (balanced) forces. It’s this concept of balance which is experimented with in bonsai garden landscapes; playing upon the contrasts of denseness and sparseness, the straightness of the tree versus its twistiness, and its size and shape.

Our brand new bonsai figurines

Discover our fantastic new figurines that are placed with their sympathetic bonsai trees. Our new elephants are just one of many different figurines, including cats, dogs and buddhas.

Why I love the English Oak [Quercus robur] bonsai tree for the garden

The English Oak, or Quercus robur, as it is known in latin is, unsurprisingly, a national favourite.
One of the reasons why I love the English Oak is, I believe, the same as why many others do too; they ooze character.
English Oaks typically have large, sturdy trunks which, once aged, have fascinating individual details and engravings. Each bonsai has a unique story and so each bonsai tree also has a completely different trunk to the next, giving each and every one a sense of individuality despite their similar, signature appearance.

Their hardy nature and structure perfectly reflect the reason why the Oak is an emblem of power, strength, ancient wisdom and survival and many nations, including England, have chosen the Oak as their national tree.

In addition to this, the English Oak is representative of qualities related to power and durability, as well as being considered a bearer of good luck, fertility, potency, healing and health.

A feature I really admire of oak trees is their vibrant green leaves with perfectly defined, patterned edges. It’s not hard to see why they are the ultimate telltale signs of an Oak tree; after all, their marvellously symmetric and slender lobed leaves are truly striking to those with attention to small details, even when so many are combined in a dense canopy.

Another reason why an English Oak is one of my favourite trees is that they have a sense of warmth about them; the size and exemplary proportions from years of work and development, gives the larger oak trees an air of wisdom, making them a comforting- yet powerful- presence wherever they may be placed.
And so, I believe that the oak is one of the best choices of bonsai due to their immense character and unequalled charm.

King of the English woodland A beautiful bonsai with spectacular design

Bonsai in the rain – some beautiful macro photography

For us, there’s nothing quite as poetic as bonsai in the rain.
Here are some fabulous photos of our outdoor bonsai range in the rain.

Japanese Maple – Acer palmatum

Japanese Larch – Larix

Japanese Maple – Acer palmatum

Copper Beech – Fagus sylvatica

Japanese Black Pine – Pinus thunburgii

Crabapple – Malus sylvestris

Chinese Juniper – Juniperus chinensis

Dogwood – Cornus

Japanese Maple – Acer palmatum

Japanese Red Maple – Acer palmatum deshojo


Amazing Mother’s Day Maple Bonsai Gifts

Struggling with ideas for the perfect gift this Mother’s Day? Looking for something different, something personal and something lasting? Well, with Mother’s Day around the corner, we have just the solution to your search!

We are pleased to introduce our new outdoor maple tree range, exclusively for Mother’s Day to give you the best gift for your mum.

Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) are a bonsai classic, admired all around the world. They belong to the ornamental trees for which there are many species, all renowned for their distinctive lobed leaves and transitioning of vibrant colours throughout the seasons.

Our judiciously chosen maple for our Mother’s Day range is the ‘Katsura’; its striking display of leaves and ideal proportions make it such a magnificent showcase, regardless of garden size. In the spring its leaves are lobed with stunning orange shades and complementary reddish margins. During the summer, they fade to vivid green and a range of contrasting fiery red tones. Then in autumn, they boast bold undertones of intense yellow, orange and red.

With regular maintenance and care, your bonsai tree gift will a lifetime! They are easy to care for, requiring low maintenance, partial shade or full sun and healthy soil making it the perfect bonsai for beginners and professionals alike.

Most significantly for Mother’s Day, the maple is symbolic of unconditional kindness, understanding and gratitude, making it the perfect, personal gift!

So why not give the gift of a unique, personal and long-lasting maple bonsai to your mother this year?

Beautiful seasonal colour of the maple bonsai tree
Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ maple bonsai leaves during spring

Japanese Flowering Cherry Blossom Bonsai Trees

Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-ni-mai’

Flowering Cherry trees (Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’), are deciduous bonsai and often highly regarded as an ornamental species. They are most renowned for their pale pink/ white showy flowers which blossom before leaves emerge in the spring and their remarkable orange-blush autumn foliage colour

Some have ornamental bark, whilst others boast small edible fruit during the autumn months. Its leaves are shaped artistically and give it a delicate and dainty appearance.

Cherry trees signify good fortune, new beginnings, revival, and future happiness, and so make a perfect gift for family and friends.
I love the Cherry tree. It is a beautiful outdoor bonsai species which will enhance any garden, pationor decking. With constantly changing beauty the cherry blossom has so much to admire
Cherry Blossom bonsai trees

Valentine’s Day Bonsai Tree Gifts for Sale from Bonsai Direct

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Valentine’s Day Bonsai Tree Gifts
We have a beautiful collection of bonsai tree gifts for Valentines Day 2019.
Truly artistic bonsai gifts with free delivery to most of the UK.
You can add a complimentary message to your order.
This year Valentine’s Day is Thursday 14th February.
You can order NOW and choose Valentine’s Day delivery at the checkout.

Why send a bonsai as a Valentine’s Day gift?

Typically cards and flowers are sent as gifts on Valentine’s Day; but bonsai trees last years beyond flowers which fade and die. Valentine’s day is a cultural celebration of romance and love, and what better way to celebrate than with a bonsai tree symbolising love & devotion. A bonsai will bring years of pleasure and be a beautiful reminder to that special person in your life; when flowers would be but a distant memory.
Our stunning range of Valentine’s gifts are all beautiful examples of indoor bonsai, each being lovingly and carefully packaged in bespoke packaging. Full care instructions are included with every bonsai tree and you may choose your delivery date at the checkout.
We offer lovely gift wrap options to ensure you special present looks even more fantastic and you may add your personal message in one of two ways; either printed onto a special waterproof label which is adhered to the ceramic pot or as a gift message included on the care card.
Surprise your partner or secret Valentine on February 14th this year with a beautiful bonsai from the professionals at Bonsai Direct.
All our indoor bonsai are potted into pretty ceramic pots; a beautiful touch to an elegant & artistic gift.

New in stock – Figurines & Temples to accessorise your bonsai

Customers have been in touch to show their interest in our wide range of figurines to adorn your tree, and are now able to purchase Figurines and Temples to accessorise their bonsai trees.

We now offer 4 new ceramic, hand-painted fishermen and temples. They are also beautifully glazed, so they’ll stand the test of time.

We’ve got much more besides; with elephants, cats, dogs and buddhas on offer too.

VIEW ornate Chinese figurines & Temples >

Bonsai tree temples and figures

Personalised Gift for Grandparents – Beautiful birthday or gifts for Nan, Grandad & Granny.

It can sometimes be hard to find a great personalised gift for nan or grandad when it seems like they have everything already. Our personalised gifts for grandparents are certaintly unique and are the perfect way to show them how much you love them. Bonsai are not only a wonderful present but also can be the beginning of a new hobby, which can bring joy for years to come.

Each of our special bonsai gifts come complete with a beautiful Oriental Tea Tree [always a favourite as it has small white flowers], bonsai fertiliser, a drip tray and pruning scissors. Also included is a white porcelain heart-shaped engraved Special Gran, or Grandad gifts tag.
All our bonsai come with full care instructions and you can add a personal message on the pot or a free greetings message. A personalised pot message is only £1.50 – see the example below.
Add a greetings message to your bonsai pot

 

 

You can also choose the delivery date at the checkout, so your special gift could arrive on a birthday or just in time for Christmas.
Bring years of joy to your Granny or Grandad with a beautiful indoor bonsai starter kit.

 

Gifts for the gardener who has everything – unusual gifts for dad, mum and sister

Bonsai trees make unique and unusual gifts for parents, family members and gardeners who have everything. If you are trying to find a thoughtful & beautiful gift for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas then look no further. Discover the wonderful world of indoor gardening with a beautiful beginners bonsai starter kit.
Keen gardeners make fabulous bonsai growers, as they truly understand plants and what they need. They also get so much pleasure from tending to these small miniature trees and enjoy the styling & pruning.
All our bonsai are supplied with easy to follow care instructions. They are not difficult and can even be the start of a new hobby.

Maybe you are trying to find something a little different, but unique & individual, for your dad, mum or sister – here we have some bespoke gift ideas just for them. We have put together this small range of birthday gifts for your green-fingered friends and family to give you a starting point.

 

Beautiful Christmas Bonsai Gifts

Bonsai trees make fabulous and thoughtful Christmas gifts; they are beautiful & artistic and also make a beautiful addition to the room. We have an outstanding collection of Christmas Bonsai Tree Gifts for sale. Every gift is beautifully presented, carefully packaged in bespoke packaging and ship with care. Delivery is FREE to most areas of the UK.
You may order now and choose a Christmas delivery date at the checkout!
Last order date: Sunday 23rd December 2018 for England, Wales & Southern Scotland.
We offer the most beautiful gift wrap & personalisation options.
Buy a bonsai today and delight friends & family!
Christmas Bonsai Tree Gift ideas

Shop for Bonsai Trees now
Christmas Bonsai for Sale

England, Wales & Southern Scotland Deliveries

Last order date for FREE Christmas delivery – Sunday 23rd December before 4pm
Last order date for weekend delivery £5.99 – Friday 21st December before 4pm

We recommend that you place orders as early as possible to ensure you get the best bonsai for you!
Please note: For Scottish Highlands, Islands and offshore destinations please allow 2-3 days for delivery.

Your bonsai will be fine in its box for up to 5 days.
Please keep at normal room temperature.
Bonsai Direct Christmas delivery
On the morning of delivery you will be notified of your 1 hour delivery slot, so you know when its coming.

You can reply to the courier’s message and explain where to leave it if you are not in eg. with a neighbour or in a safe place!

Bespoke safe & secure packaging

To ensure that your gift is delivered in perfect condition we have designed the perfect packaging.

Upon delivery
Your bonsai gift will be fine in its box if you have chosen delivery on or after 20th December. For earlier deliveries please remove the bonsai from its box to allow it to have some natural daylight and ensure that the soil is kept damp. Care instructions are included with all orders.

International deliveries
We offer delivery to most European countries. Please see our delivery page for rates and delivery times.

Christmas Bonsai Gifts

Are you looking for something different to give this Christmas.
Something beautiful and unique.. then we have the solution.
BONSAI… the perfect gift to give this Christmas

  • Stunning, top quality festive bonsai gifts.
  • The choice to personalise your gift.
  • Optional gift wrapping in cellophane with pretty bow.
  • Fast and Efficient Service – FREE Next day delivery available.
  • Choose your delivery date.
  • Bonsai gifts to suit all budgets.
    BONSAI – THE PERFECT GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas Bonsai Tree Gift ideas

Shop for Bonsai Trees now
Christmas Bonsai for Sale

England, Wales & Southern Scotland Deliveries

Last order date for FREE Christmas delivery – Thursday 20th December before 4pm
Last order date for weekend delivery £5.99 – Friday 21st December before 4pm

We recommend that you place orders as early as possible to ensure you get the best bonsai for you!
Please note: For Scottish Highlands, Islands and offshore destinations please allow 2-3 days for delivery.

Your bonsai will be fine in its box for up to 5 days.
Please keep at normal room temperature.
2017 Bonsai direct Calendar
On the morning of delivery you will be notified of your 1 hour delivery slot, so you know when its coming.

You can reply to the courier’s message and explain where to leave it if you are not in eg. with a neighbour or in a safe place!

Bespoke safe & secure packaging

To ensure that your gift is delivered in perfect condition we have designed the perfect packaging.

Upon delivery
Your bonsai gift will be fine in its box if you have chosen delivery on or after 20th December. For earlier deliveries please remove the bonsai from its box to allow it to have some natural daylight and ensure that the soil is kept damp. Care instructions are included with all orders.

International deliveries
We offer delivery to most European countries. Please see our delivery page for rates and delivery times.

A Perfect, Yet Unusual Gift, This Christmas; Why choose Bonsai?

Struggling to choose a gift this Christmas for a relative that has everything? Or are you looking for a gift that will stand out from the usual this Christmas?

Unlike many other Christmas gifts available to buy, a bonsai is a long-lasting gift and is exclusive to the individual. No two bonsai are the same and each one boasts different size, captivating colouring and varying exquisite features. We believe that by individually photographing many bonsai we have on offer, we can provide the perfect bonsai diversity to peak the interests of any customer.

To emphasize this, we also provide personalized gifts and gift wrap options to make your choice of bonsai the best possible for your recipient that can easily be customized by you once you process an order through us.

Order now, receive later

In addition to this, we offer order now, receive later. We believe that this is the best way to buy your presents this Christmas as you can never be too prepared. During the simple checkout procedure, you can select a precise date of delivery anytime in the future with free delivery to almost everywhere in the UK. We deliver 7 days a week to make your Christmas hassle free!

So what else, other than individuality and long-lasting, does a bonsai gift have to offer? Our bonsai have a superb range which can brighten up the room of any house or garden for years and steal the show wherever you choose to locate them. Whether you choose a bonsai for indoor gardening, or a bonsai to elaborate your garden, we have something to suit everyone. From our striking Maple Bonsai, to the simple Beginners Elm, we accommodate for both beginner bonsai owners and experienced growers alike. Alongside any Bonsai comes a full package of care information, enabling your upkeep of the bonsai to be stress-free and easy!

So, with Christmas steadily approaching, consider a different gift this Christmas. One which is guaranteed to stand out from all the other gifts, be personalised to each individual, and  one which will last because a special and unique individual, deserves a special and unique gift this Christmas.

Bonsai Direct offers a stunning collection of bonsai trees for sale for Christmas

Beautiful indoor bonsai trees for christmas gifts
This year we have some outstanding bonsai trees Christmas gifts for sale, really beautiful indoor bonsai with accessories and gift wrap and personalisation options.

It is the perfect time to order your gifts, simply choose the bonsai you wish to order – add any bonsai essentials, gift wrap or greetings message.

In the checkout you can choose the perfect delivery date (we deliver 7 days and week and delivery Monday-Friday is FREE to most areas of the UK).

Bonsai Direct Christmas delivery
Our last order date for deliveries within England, Wales and Southern Scotland is 23rd December.
Last order date for Islands, Highlands and offshore is 19th December.

On the morning of delivery you will be notified of your 1 hour delivery slot, so you know when its coming.

You can reply to the courier’s message and explain where to leave it if you are not in eg. with a neighbour or in a safe place!

A Perfect, Yet Unusual Gift, This Christmas; Why choose Bonsai?

Struggling to choose a gift this Christmas for a relative that has everything? Or are you looking for a gift that will stand out from the usual this Christmas?

Unlike many other Christmas gifts available to buy, a bonsai is a long-lasting gift and is exclusive to the individual. No two bonsai are the same and each one boasts different size, captivating colouring and varying exquisite features.
We believe that by individually photographing many bonsai we have on offer, we can provide the perfect bonsai diversity to peak the interests of any customer.

To emphasize this, we also provide personalized gifts and gift wrap options to make your choice of bonsai the best possible for the recipient that can easily be customized by you once you process an order through us.

Order now, receive later

In addition to this, we offer order now, receive later. We believe that this is the best way to buy your presents this Christmas as you can never be too prepared. During the simple checkout procedure, you can select a precise date of delivery anytime in the future with free delivery to almost everywhere in the UK. We deliver 7 days a week to make your Christmas hassle-free!

So what else, other than individuality and long-lasting, does a bonsai gift have to offer? Our bonsai have a superb range which can brighten up the room of any house or garden for years and steal the show wherever you choose to locate them. Whether you choose a bonsai for indoor gardening, or a bonsai to elaborate your garden, we have something to suit everyone.

From our striking Maple Bonsai to the simple Beginners Elm, we accommodate for both beginner bonsai owners and experienced growers alike. Alongside any Bonsai comes a full package of care information, enabling your upkeep of the bonsai to be stress-free and easy!

So, with Christmas steadily approaching, consider a different gift this Christmas. One which is guaranteed to stand out from all the other gifts, be personalised to each individual, and  one which will last because a special and unique individual, deserves a special and unique gift this Christmas.

Incredible Large Mature Japanese White Beech Outdoor Hardy Bonsai for Sale

Japanese White Beech – (Fagus Crenata)

The Japanese White Beech (Fagus Crenata), also known as Siebold’s Beech, is a tree native to Japan. There, it is a feature of many deciduous forests, growing particularly well in north-east Honshū – Japan’s largest island – but is restricted to mountainous areas closer to the south-west. As a tree, it can reach an impressive height of 35 metres (115 ft), where it is topped with a rounded crown. It gives a graceful yet powerful impression, with an easy charm.

In the Western world, however, Japanese White Beech are much more unusual. They are typically found only as a bonsai and, even then, they are difficult to come by. They are a hardy variety of bonsai that is best suited outdoors, making it an easy tree to care for. With a smooth grey bark and simple but striking leaves, it becomes an elegant feature for any garden.

This specific bonsai is a beautiful example of the Japanese White Beech (Fagus Crenata), well-established at 30 years old. From those years, it has reached a height of over 80cm, a substantial and striking example of such a tree. Its exposed roots and nebari enhance this bonsai’s elegance, giving it a unique charm. The trunk extends upwards and tapers gracefully to where its branches then reach outwards, supporting a beautiful crown of large and bright leaves.

It is centred in a dark teal pot – engraved and painted in a bright yellow and red, depicting a scene of blossoming flowers – which only adds to this bonsai’s overall beauty.

Fagus crenata outdoor bonsai for sale
Japanese White Beech Bonsai (OD41) with beautiful taper & styling

Lovely teal pot with etchings and spring blossom
Lovely teal pot with etchings and spring blossom

Beautiful exposed roots on this mature Fagus crenata
Beautiful exposed roots on this mature Fagus crenata

Maple / Acer palmatum Bonsai

Maple bonsai are perhaps one of the most fascinating of all bonsai. Their deciduous nature makes them constantly changing and therefore, constantly fascinating. With that comes their beautiful transitions throughout the year, from changing of leaves to the losing of them all during the winter months.

Their leaves are characteristically diaphanous, shaped similarly to that of the palm, hence its Latin name ‘palmatum’. Each of the leaves within a species is a different shade of colour and shape to the next, setting each and every plant apart.

The different maple species include a variety of captivating appearances and sizes from the Japanese Maple ‘Acer palmatum’ and the Field Maple (English Maple) which is also known as ‘Acer campestre’.

THE ENGLISH MAPLE:

The English Maple is a great example of a bonsai which is easy to care for as it responds well to leaf reduction and implication. It sets itself apart from the other bonsai in the maple species, boasting its more frilly and translucent leaves as well as it is the hardiest of all maple bonsai.

It has five-lobed leaves with rounded teeth and during the change of seasons from summer to spring turn green to golden yellow. It’s often regarded a plant with autumn colouring and is the only native Maple species found in Europe.

THE JAPANESE MAPLES:

Another popular bonsai species among bonsai enthusiasts is the Japanese Maple or the ‘Acer palmatum’. The ‘palmatum’ is perhaps the most captivating of them all due to its spectacular colours and its constant transitions from shades of green to shades of red, sometimes even supplementing the plant at the same time.

Their leaves are best described as both feathery and delicate. Cultivated originally from Japan, these maples are habitually shaped hemispherical once mature.

Similarly, to the English Maple, the Japanese Maple retorts well to pruning and ramification but requires more specific growing conditions with ideally, a regular water supply so that the soil is moist but not waterlogged and shade during hotter seasons. We offer the following types of Japanese Maple: Deshojo, Katsura and Nomura.

 Deshojo Maple

The Deshojo Maple has striking, scarlet leaves with a dramatic appearance, guaranteed to add interest to your garden from the month on end. They unfurl in spring, turning green in the summer months and its iconic scarlet colour during the autumn. Much like the English Maple, the Deshojo is hardy and is a fantastic addition to any garden. Like most Japanese Maples, it requires shade and shelter from stronger winds.

 Katsura Maple

The Katsura Maple is an iconic bright orange during spring months, transitioning to green in the summer and finally a golden yellow during the autumn. Most renowned for its striking foliage which stands out in any garden throughout the year. Unlike the Deshojo, the Katsura favours full sun or part shade for the best leaf colours.

Like most Maple plants, the Katsura requires little maintenance, making it perfect for city gardens as well as cottage gardens. It should ideally be kept in slightly acidic, moist and organically rich soil conditions and pruned only in the dormant season of winter.

 Nomura Maple

The Nomura Maple is known for its rich purple and red changeovers throughout the year before becoming leafless in the winter. It favours the bright sunshine in the spring but partial shade in the summer with a plentiful supply of water.

During the winter months, the Nomura favours water only when the ground dries and has been vaporised from strong sunlight. Unlike the Katsura and Deshojo, the maple doesn’t lose its colour during the changing of seasons and remains a distinctive, rich purple-red.

On offer at Bonsai Direct is a diverse range of both English Field Maples and Japanese Maples all of which display the beauty of the maple species with varying size, colour and features, which of course, makes the trees so popular among both beginners and experienced bonsai professionals alike.

Acer palmatum deshojo bonsai
Acer palmatum desjojo – Japanese Red Maple

Acer campestre
English Maple – Acer campestre

Katsura maple bonsai for sale
Japanese maple – Acer palmatum katsura

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